Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
Submit Search
Gimaa Toulouse Addresses the Sagamok Community June 12, 2020
Posted: Jun 12, 2020

Gimaa Toulouse Addresses the Sagamok Community

June 12, 2020   4:33pm          [8 minutes, 32 seconds]

 

In his address, Gimaa Toulouse,

 

· Announces changes to the road access checkpoint and travel restrictions:  restrictions have been lifted for non-members to enter the Sagamok community (except from destinations south of high-case reporting areas lying south of Perry Sound), including consumers and cottagers, though under the condition that they practice health protocols and wear masks. 

· Advises everyone to continue following health protocols and adhere to the province’s stage 2 rules concerning social circles (limited to 10 people).

· Informs community members that data collection remains necessary at the road access checkpoint for tracing purposes in the event that a positive case is reported in the Sagamokc community. 

· Advises off-reserve bingo players that a reopening plan is being worked on for the Sagamok Bingo operations. 

· Invites all community members to a “We survived the first wave” community celebration scheduled for July 11 at the Multi-Educational Centre ballfield and to look out for an afternoon and evening of entertainment, food, recognitions and awards, snacks and fireworks.  He assures everyone that the outmost mindful ness of pandemic concerns are being incorporated into the event plan to ensure safety of community families. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/510046006/videos/10158266743061007/

 

Gimaa Nelson Toulouse announced changes to the road access checkpoint and travel restrictions for Sagamok residents and visitors in his June 12 video address to the Sagamok community. 

 

He says that Sagamok is now open to non-residents and non-members to enter, though they must adhere to health protocols and wear a mask.  He notes that areas south of Perry Sound that are still reporting high active COVID case numbers remain off-limits. 

 

This means that campers and shoppers can now enter and off-reserve members can return home without having to go into self-isolation, unless they have come from a high risk area with high numbers of active COVID cases. 

 

Gimaa Toulouse asks all residents, community members and visitors to remain cautious and diligently adhering to public health safety protocols. 

 

“Just because we lift these things, don’t think things are entirely safe.  Don’t get this false sense of security that everything is fine.  Everything is not fine.  We have a huge population south of us who can travel and easily bring  that disease back so we need to be very careful.”

 

He says that while restrictions have been lifted, data collection of vehicles and passengers will continue at the road access checkpoint so that tracing can be done in the event of a positive case is reported in the Sagamok community. 

 

Concerning the Sagamok Bingo, GImaa Toulouse says that a reopening plan is being worked on to have operations resume with non-members. 

 

A community celebration is planned to celebrate having survived the first wave of the pandemic with zero cases having been reported in the Sagamok community.  Every is invited to the July 11 event at the Multi-Educational Centre ballfield and to look out for an afternoon and evening of entertainment, food, recognitions and awards, snacks and fireworks.  He assures everyone that the outmost mindful ness of pandemic concerns are being incorporated into the event plan to ensure safety of community families. 

 

GImaa Toulouse asks that families talk about their histories in relation to past pandemics so that they can share the stories of how these past pandemic situations impacted families and the community, how many and who were lost, and how families coped. 

 

 

Watch Gimaa Nelson Toulouse's June 12 Address to the Sagamok Community here: